Happy Mother’s Day Mitochondrial Eve

mitochondrial-eveBy Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

This mother’s day, we can all express our gratitude and love for Mitochondrial Eve—the mother from whom we all descend. While we all cannot remember her from long ago we carry with us her lessons passed from her to each mother, who then did so to their children through all mothers of yesterday to all mothers today. Her words live in our Mitochondrial DNA; a part of our genetics that we all share.

Let us all toast this day the mothers of all our families and our common mom!

Mitochondrial DNA
Mitochondrial DNA

Mitochondrial Eve represents to geneticists the personification of the woman or women from whom all descend. She is the direct, unbroken, matrilineal most recent common ancestor to all currently living humans. She is believed to have lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Since all human mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to offspring without recombination, all mtDNA in every living person is from hers. The genetics differs only through mutation from successive generations but originates at her conception.

random-driftIt is believed she was born in East Africa. While she had contemporaries, it is theorized their descendants’ mtDNA suffered from drift which ended their respective lineage.

A mitochondrion is an organelle within much of our cells.

out-of-africa-mtdnaOur Mitochondrial Eve has the origin haplogroup L which begins branching to L0 then L1-6. From there each daughter haplogroup begins diversification to each descendant representing the myriad of human diversity of today.

Throughout history many have lost sight of the fact that we are each other’s brothers and sisters and that we share in ourselves a role in the human family. Let us this Mother’s Day give praise to our common mother–the mother of humanity.


Happy Mother’s Day Mitochondrial Eve

From your 10,976th Great Grandson, Darren “Haplogroup H2a2a” Smith

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28 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day Mitochondrial Eve”

  1. A Happy Mothers’ Day to all physical moms and female parent/guardians.

    As a REAL scientist (Pharma/HAPPI), I know competing theories regarding humanity’s ‘Eve’ exist. Aliens (intergalactic) seeding Earth is just one of MANY:


    As Adam Savage from ‘Mythbusters’ says, “I reject your reality, and substitute my own”.

    So, please don’t presume to know where _I_ came from, and I’ll respect your Right to believe what you want to about _YOUR_ origins.


    “Ninety-four percent of university professors think they are better at their jobs than their colleagues.

    Twenty-five percent of college students believe they are in the top 1% in terms of their ability to get along with others.

    Seventy percent of college students think they are above average in leadership ability. Only two percent think they are below average. –Thomas Gilovich How We Know What Isn’t So

    Eighty-five percent of medical students think it is improper for politicians to accept gifts from lobbyists. Only 46 percent think it’s improper for physicians to accept gifts from drug companies.
    –Dr. Ashley Wazana JAMA Vol. 283 No. 3, January 19, 2000

    A Princeton University research team asked people to estimate how susceptible they and “the average person” were to a long list of judgmental biases; the majority of people claimed to be less biased than the majority of people.

    A 2001 study of medical residents found that 84 percent thought that their colleagues were influenced by gifts from pharmaceutical companies, but only 16 percent thought that they were similarly influenced. –Daniel Gilbert, “I’m OK; you’re biased”

    In a poll conducted by the American Revolution Center, 89 percent of adults polled believed they could pass a basic test on the American Revolution. However, 83 percent failed the test.–Frontier Traveler”


    How many “voters” believe the Founders established a one-man one-vote democracy and not a restricted vote republic*, which is representative government elected by “THE BODY OF CITIZENS ENTTITLED TO VOTE” through the application of criteria?

    How many “voters” believe AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS NOT BIAS?

    How many “voters” believe that Lincoln wasn’t an out-of-control, tyrannical despot when he suspended Habeas Corpus and conducted his unconstitutional “Reign of Terror” and Chief Justice Taney told Lincoln that he had no authority to suspend any part of the Constitution.

    How many “voters” believe it is legal for the government to violate citizens’ Right to Privacy, including their confiscating and retaining their “papers?”

    How many “voters” believe the government can force citizens to buy health insurance which is a commercial product? How many “voters” believe the SCOTUS can modify legislation or otherwise “legislate from the bench” changing, in one recent instance, the “commerce clause” into “a tax?”

    How many “voters” believe that “citizen” and “natural born citizen” are the same and that they are not different?

    How many “voters” believe that a government limited to Justice, Tranquility, Common Defence and Promote General Welfare can completely control industry and redistribute wealth or “take private property from one man, to give private property to another?”

    REPUBLIC – a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.



    I’m just sayin’ –

    Anunnaki History ( More Detailed Look At History and Gene Manipulation)

    Many experts, such as Sitchin, seem to agree that the Anunaki first visited our planet approximately 430,000 years ago and first settled in the Middle East area. Stone structures found throughout Middle East and Africa seem to point to evidence of being created by the Annunaki.

    Approximately 250,000 years ago is when recovered documents show that this is when they began splicing animal, Homo Erectus and Anunnaki genes together to create the Home Sapien species intended to be a slave race to serve them. Humans then began to spread throughout the rest of the world as they became too numerous for that one area.

    In an attempt to control the growth of the human population, the Anunnaki let a giant flood, produced when Nibiru came back through our solar system approximately 12,500 years ago on one of its periodic 3,600 year orbital returns, wipe out a significant portion of the human race. What humans they saved remained slaves used to construct many of the structures found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and eventually to South and Central America.

  4. Interesting article, Darren. For those interested in more, including questions about how many “Eves”, http://www.mhrc.net/mitochondria.htm

    Seems that the fossil record and the DNA record don’t agree, or, more precisely, the differences have not yet been explained.

  5. So she is the one who is responsible for women going to the bathroom in groups. Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. Thank you, and thank you to all the moms all over this wonderful world we all live on.

    We need this reminder every day. We are all brothers and sisters. Just think how boring this life would be if we all liked and believed in the same things. It would be incredibly boring and crowded at that one spot we all wanted to be at.

    Can we respect each other without killing each other? I hope so.

  7. Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor:
    Great article, thank you Darren!

  8. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln

    “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
    Rudyard Kipling

    “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Theodore Hesburgh

  9. Happy Mother’s Day to all of us moms here, the ancient ones and the brand spanking new ones.

  10. You rock Jonathan Turley. Thank you for this, my brother from a common mother.

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